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*Offers hugs to everyone who wants or needs them, echoes reassuracne to Wei Ji, echoes double the advice to John. Hugs other me because*

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This thread stayed open during the previous political thread shutdown. I think it'll be okay :)


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I hope this thread stays open...it is the only place I feel totally comfortable with myself...and a great source of encouragement and advice.

Also where else would I get Rysky hugs?

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I don't see this thread going anywhere but onwards, and that's a very good thing. :)


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Rysky or risque hugs?


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Risky risque Rysky hugs!


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Okay, guys. I'm in the hospital, and have been assigned a room after spending the entire day in the ER. I've got good news, bad news, and semi-good news. The good news is that I didn't have a mini-stroke, although I am at risk due to high blood pressure. The bad news is that my vision problem is from a pituitary tumor of some sort that is putting pressure on the nerves behind my right eye. The semi-good news it that the tumor doesn't appear to be malignant, and cen probably be treated without surgery.


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I'm glad that you went in. Going in early for something like this is always good.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Okay, guys. I'm in the hospital, and have been assigned a room after spending the entire day in the ER. I've got good news, bad news, and semi-good news. The good news is that I didn't have a mini-stroke, although I am at risk due to high blood pressure. The bad news is that my vision problem is from a pituitary tumor of some sort that is putting pressure on the nerves behind my right eye. The semi-good news it that the tumor doesn't appear to be malignant, and cen probably be treated without surgery.

I am glad you went...if you had not...I don't want to think about it.

Hope everything goes well. *hugs*


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It may sound horrific, but in comparison to some of the other alternatives it is thankfully something that can be dealt with and based on the assessment you've passed along it's a pretty standard thing.

Thank goodness you didn't have a mini-stroke!


Yes, although I'm still at risk. They're trying to get my pressure down to an acceptable level, although the blood pressure may be just a symptom ot the tumor.

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*hugs Selene*

*hugs John*

I'm glad you went in, hope everything goes well as well.

*channels positive feelings and offers hugs to anyone and everyone that wants or needs some*

Scarab Sages

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John, good to hear you are in the hospital - I hope all goes well. I keep you in my thoughts.
*accepts hugs*
*offers hugs*


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*Burning bright, offering a cozy place for hugs, smiles, companionship, conversation, gaming and merryment*
*Hot and cold beverages at your leisure*
*setting up a canopy*


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*Sends a stand-in to the campfire, because open flame is prohibited in a hospital.* Thanks, everyone.


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'Morning, Rysky. :)

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Morning, glad to see you here ^w^


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Glad to be here.


Nice to learn that what you had can be healed , John, best luck for what follows.


Thanks, Klorox.


So, now I find out that I also have Diabetis. Thank you, family history, for this wonderful little gift.

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*hugs more*


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Better to know it than not, John.

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John Napier 698 wrote:
So, now I find out that I also have Diabetis. Thank you, family history, for this wonderful little gift.

If you respond well to regular treatment, this might not even affect your life all that much.

*I have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 12 years ago - I sort of know what I am talking about here*
It makes treatment of your blood pressure even more important, though.
*Best wishes!*


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There was very upsetting news in the morning newspaper of my little liberal college town— a town where the pride flag flies atop city hall.

A woman's body was discovered at a construction site in a popular business and residential district. She was a transwoman of color. I didn't know her personally, but I'd seen her around town the past couple of years. She seemed really nice. Police have a suspect in custody.

The mayor released a statement about the crime. In it, he expressed his condolences to her family, and recognized that she was trans. He also said that it does not appear at this time to be a hate crime, but that the investigation continues.

My town is thought to be a very LGBTQ-friendly place, and in general it is. I just didn't think a crime like this would happen here.

I am sorry if I'm casting a pall over the conversation. I just didn't know where else to vent.


There will likely be surgery. Preliminary plans are to do the surgery through the Sinus Cavity. What's left will be treated with radiation and chemo.


And now, I've learned that the insurance provided by my employer is inadequate. It's only for Dental and Vision, and doesn't cover Hospital visits. Seriously considering "jumping ship." Or training for a different career entirely. I am so disappointed.


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I am glad they found the problem John, and I'm hopeful it seems they can remove the tumor (non-malignant = YAY!) via your sinus cavity. Radiation and chemo are nothing to sneeze at, but doctors have improved enormously in their ability to pinpoint target tumors with minimal harm to surrounding tissue. I do wish you the best. I really hate that your employer insurance sucks.

Treatment for diabetes has also improved considerably. My mom has been living with it for over a decade now, and her health has actually noticeably improved with just watching her food nutrition and some mild regular exercise. Diabetes also runs through my mom's side of the family. I just wish my brother would do something about his pre-diabetic symptoms (and his high cholesterol) while he is still so young.

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My dad is at the doctor right this moment getting a follow-up colonoscopy. His last check up a month ago showed some blood in his stool test, so today they are checking to see if his colon cancer has come back. So, fingers crossed.


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I am glad they found the problem John, and I'm hopeful it seems they can remove the tumor (non-malignant = YAY!) via your sinus cavity. Radiation and chemo are nothing to sneeze at, but doctors have improved enormously in their ability to pinpoint target tumors with minimal harm to surrounding tissue. I do wish you the best. I really hate that your employer insurance sucks.

Treatment for diabetes has also improved considerably. My mom has been living with it for over a decade now, and her health has actually noticeably improved with just watching her food nutrition and some mild regular exercise. Diabetes also runs through my mom's side of the family. I just wish my brother would do something about his pre-diabetic symptoms (and his high cholesterol) while he is still so young.

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My dad is at the doctor right this moment getting a follow-up colonoscopy. His last check up a month ago showed some blood in his stool test, so today they are checking to see if his colon cancer has come back. So, fingers crossed.

Thanks, Ambi. I'm considering getting certification, at least a COMP/TIA+, for a tech career. One of my former co-workers jumped ship after beeing cheated out of his vacation pay. So this behavior is symptomatic of a dead-end career, despite how important I know Security is. Twenty years is a long time, and it saddens me to think about this, but if my emergency needs aren't met, what's the point, then?


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And now, I've learned that the insurance provided by my employer is inadequate. It's only for Dental and Vision, and doesn't cover Hospital visits. Seriously considering "jumping ship." Or training for a different career entirely. I am so disappointed.

Wait, seriously? I've seen plenty of plans that didn't include Dental or Vision, but none that just had Dental and Vision. If they are covered, often they're separate from the main insurance plan. Did you actually check with your HR people (or whoever handles that)?

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*hugs Amby*

*hugs John*


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Thanks, Ambi. I'm considering getting certification, at least a COMP/TIA+, for a tech career. One of my former co-workers jumped ship after beeing cheated out of his vacation pay. So this behavior is symptomatic of a dead-end career, despite how important I know Security is. Twenty years is a long time, and it saddens me to think about this, but if my emergency needs aren't met, what's the point, then?

Yeah, CompTIA A+ would be my suggestion too, and then branch into Network+ and/or Security+ (depending on your career goals). I've heard many times of experienced IT folk who leave their current dead-end, thankless job only to be brought back as contractors later by new (or wiser) management, and the contractors are always able to negotiate for better compensation (often significantly so) and better work-life balance. Good luck.


Jeff, I'll check with the HR secretary at the office that I'm supervised from. If it does indeed appear that I've been given substandard insurance deliberately, heads will roll. I will tell them exactly what I think of their methods, right before I give my "Notice to Quit." It also seems that I'm denied vacation pay as well. So be it. Just another nail in the coffin of a dead career.


Ambi, since I'm able to do my own hardware work as well as my own programming, I may have a headstart for certification. Especially if you consider that I set up a home network among several of my computers using a simple router.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Jeff, I'll check with the HR secretary at the office that I'm supervised from. If it does indeed that I've been given substandard insurance deliberately, heads will roll. I will tell them exactly what I think of their methods, right before I give my "Notice to Quit." It also seems that I'm denied vacation pay as well. So be it. Just another nail in the coffin of a dead career.

Just remember that while the career may be teetering towards Pharasma's embrace, *you* are, to quote GLaDOS "Still Alive".

Even if it feels like your employer took all your pieces and threw every piece into a fire.

*hugs, boss*

*needs to take own advice and get out of retail afterlife*


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Thanks, Wei Ji. If I do leave, it will be on my own terms, with my head held high.


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Haladir wrote:

There was very upsetting news in the morning newspaper of my little liberal college town— a town where the pride flag flies atop city hall.

A woman's body was discovered at a construction site in a popular business and residential district. She was a transwoman of color. I didn't know her personally, but I'd seen her around town the past couple of years. She seemed really nice. Police have a suspect in custody.

The mayor released a statement about the crime. In it, he expressed his condolences to her family, and recognized that she was trans. He also said that it does not appear at this time to be a hate crime, but that the investigation continues.

My town is thought to be a very LGBTQ-friendly place, and in general it is. I just didn't think a crime like this would happen here.

I am sorry if I'm casting a pall over the conversation. I just didn't know where else to vent.

It is all right. We are here for you. *hugs*


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
My dad is at the doctor right this moment getting a follow-up colonoscopy. His last check up a month ago showed some blood in his stool test, so today they are checking to see if his colon cancer has come back. So, fingers crossed.

Update: They found and removed a couple polyps today, sent them off for biopsy, get results back in 7-10 days. I guess I know what I'll be worrying about for the next week or so. :/

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*hugs more*


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Having a 4 or 5 of 10 headache behind right eye right now, probably from the storm that just rolled through Pittsburgh. :(


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'Sokay. If I don't have something important to worry about, I'll just worry about dumb stuff. Or, and this is true, I will worry that I've missed something(s) that I should be worrying about.* (And yes, I know worrying is just a waste of time entirely, but logic is Lawful.)

* Edit: When my psychiatrist first started prescribing SSRIs and SNRIs for my anxiety and depression, I gave myself headaches worrying about possible side-effects.


John Napier 698 wrote:
Having a 4 or 5 of 10 headache behind right eye right now, probably from the storm that just rolled through Pittsburgh. :(

Hope it eases up soon.


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Yes, definitely related to air pressure. Wonderful. But feeling better now that the storm front has passed through.

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*keeps hugging*


*Accepts hugs*

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
My dad is at the doctor right this moment getting a follow-up colonoscopy. His last check up a month ago showed some blood in his stool test, so today they are checking to see if his colon cancer has come back. So, fingers crossed.
Update: They found and removed a couple polyps today, sent them off for biopsy, get results back in 7-10 days. I guess I know what I'll be worrying about for the next week or so. :/

Power hugs to you. My mom is going through the same thing.


John, you said that you're also a vet. You can sign up for VA medical at any time. You'll have to deal with some costs unless this is related to your time in the service, but at least there is that as an option.

You can also look into Medicaid. You should be able to sign up for it at any time during the year if your situation changes and you no longer have insurance and qualify. I have, sadly, known people who have had to leave 6 figure jobs with good insurance so that they could get on Medicaid and get the treatments because it was too expensive any other way.


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Ambrosia Slaad, when I had my polyps removed they did the same thing. I was told not to worry because they didn't need to talk to me as soon as I woke up. Hopefully that's what you will have happen too.


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Same deal here when I went in for my scope back in November. Two areas of divert and a small polyp, sooo... back in five years due to family history.


Good norning, everyone.

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